Due to its location, Sri Lanka offers up some of the best surfing conditions in the world. This is especially true during monsoon season when winds and tides tend to be extremely consistent. Some locations on the coasts are better than others, of course. Below you will find the top spots to get the most out of the amazing surf.
Sri Lanka has two coastlines, one on the east and one on the west side. Each offers different surfing conditions during different times of the year due to natural weather patterns. The ideal surf is in the southwest region, near Hikkaduwa, during the months from November to March. The peak surfing season on the east coast is from May to September and if you ask the locals they will tell you that the best location is in the Arugam Bay area.
If you plan to visit these are the best times and locations, but that does not mean that there aren’t great surf locations no matter when you will be there. You will find people enjoying the surf in just about every area that has the coastline. These are just recommendations if you are able to visit a specific area and are going there primarily to surf.
No matter where on the coast you will be you will be sure to find the best of instructors to teach you the ins and outs of the surf in that area. Just like any other area, there are certain things that you should know to get the most of the experience and ensure that you are safe. It is best to take the advice of locals about tides and under toes as only they have the experience necessary to ensure your safety. It can be tempting to hit regions that are not populated, but unless you have verification that they are safe it is not advisable.
If you are looking to hit some very high surf you will want to check out Gurubebila Beach. There you will find up to 5-foot waves on the best days from the months of October thru April. Typically you can expect about 450-meter trips. This, of course, depends on your ability to maintain on these extremely awesome waves. If you are traveling in a group of different experience levels this is the ideal area as there are local beaches that are not nearly as extreme.
Another benefit of this area is that it is not typically very crowded. If you are an early riser you will be able to get in some surfing without seeing much of anyone except maybe the local fishermen. It is a relatively small and quiet part of the country, so, for the most part, you will be spending the majority of your time among the locals.
If you like to enjoy what the beauty of nature has to offer this is ideal for that as well. Due to its location, you will get to see some of the most amazing sunsets of your lifetime. Do not forget to check out the local beers and food as well so that you can really enjoy Sri Lanka at its finest.
If you love to surf or simply want to see the waves while you are visiting Sri Lanka it really is hard to pick one must go to the location. As you read above, however, depending on what you are looking for and when you will be visiting there are a number of great spots to try out. Use the tips above to experience Sri Lanka as you would like to.